NEW YORK (TIP): “Lip Forensics”- authored by renowned Indian forensic scientist Padma Bhushan Prof. Dr P. Chandra Sekharan was released at Seventh NY Book Fair Expo held at Queens Museum of Art (QMA) recently. Authors, books, live music and a reception were at the center of the Seventh Annual Book Fair, celebrating the release of the book, Languages of New York, as well as the talent of local and international writers. The New York Book Fair, established in 2005 by Jacqueline Donado has been held annually at The Queens Museum of Art. New York. Due to the Book Fair’s success and continued efforts to bridge the literary world and urban communities, the event has established venues across the city and the country. The book describes sight recognition technique to identify criminals, especially terrorists, to be learnt by police and public. Prof. Chandra Sekharan is the only author from India to participate in the New York Book Fair this year.
“A careful glimpse of the lips instantly tells us the mood of the individual. The lips are the most expressive and the most mobile, or flexible facial feature, but in its normal relaxed state, it can be described quite accurately. Since the tendency is to watch the lips of another when he or she speaks, sight recognition of the lips should have a more lasting impression and the witness will be able to describe the lips better than any other facial feature. Thus the description of lips becomes an important aspect in facial recognition and identification,” said Prof. P.Chandra Sekharan. The macrostructure, the size of the lips, the shape of the oral fissure, upper and lower vermillion borders and protrusion of lips are age stable and environmental stable. Therefore the classification system of macrostructure can be potentially used for the processes of personal appearance identification, he said.
“In one of the sensational case investigated by the Qbranch police of the state of Tamil Nadu the system developed in this work has already been successfully put into use in identifying a terrorist-suspect as per the description of the lips given by the witnesses,” he said.
“The Audiovisual unit attached to the Anna University, Chennai with the financial assistance from University Grant Commission, New Delhi produced two TV programs on Forensic Cheiloscopy to inculcate the awareness of public participation in crime investigation and to stress the importance of sight recognition of lips in terrorists’ activities,” he added. “Prof P. Chandra Sekharan, an international celebrity in Forensic Science, has established for the first time a comprehensive classification system for the micro and macro structural pattern of lips,” said Jacqueline Donado introducing the author from India. The author has developed a universally applicable language to obviate the difficulty in using proper terminology by the witnesses and the inability of the investigating police to understand what the witnesses speak. The terminology developed by the author could easily be used by the witnesses and could easily be understood by the investigating police.”
“This book, besides being useful to the researchers and scientists, shall serve as a hand book to all investigating police officers and a useful guide to all men and women who are interested in combating crime by helping the police investigator and in propagating as well the concept of public participation in crime investigation,” she added. Prof. Chandra Sekharan who has been invited as a special guest of International Conference on Forensic Research and Technology in Chicago between Oct 15 and 17 is also giving a seminar on “Lip Forensics for identification of criminals” to international scientists and forensic experts from different parts of the world.
Professor Chandra Sekharan’s Tamil book “Kalavu Pona En Kadavulum, Kanal Pona En Kathaliyum’ (Stolen God and missing girl friend) was released at a function organized by New York Tamil Sangam in New York. John Joseph, committee member welcomed the gathering and the first copy of the book was received by Thenmozhi Gajendran and Sankalp Shettar, son of Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar. A Professor Emeritus of Dr Ambedkar Law University, Chennai and Visiting Professor, National Law School of India University [NLSIU], Bangalore, Chandra Sekharan has also served as Pro Vice- Chancellor and Director-Professor, Centre for Forensic Sciences, National Law University at Jodhpur. He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his investigations in forensic science.
He was also Professor-Director, Forensic Sciences Department of Government of Tamil Nadu; UGC Professor, Faculty of Forensic Engineering, Anna University; UGC Emeritus Fellow of University of Madras and Professor of Forensic Sciences at NLSIU, Bangalore. The scientist provided scientific evidence in more than a 100,000 cases and some of the world-class cases include identification of killers in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case; identification of Nataraja idols in Pathur Nataraja Case at Royal High Court in London; document forgery case at Malaysian High Court, Kuala Lumpur; cases of suspected signature forgery in High Court, Singapore; facsimile (Fax) forgery appeared as prosecution witness, Singapore Courts; signature forgery case Colombo High Court; auto Shankar multiple murder case and several drug murder cases. Advised, assisted and trained personnel for the establishment of National Forensic Science Laboratory, Kathmandu, Nepal.